He made it obvious by saying he wasn’t sad to see Tebow leave and he’s been more subtle with comments about Peyton Manning’s ability that draw implicit comparisons to what Tebow was able to do on the field. It’s surprising to learn, then, that Thomas actually wishes Tebow was still in Denver.
“Me and Tim, if you look at our stats, we had a great year together,” Thomas said on the NFL Network, via Nate Davis of USA Today. “And I wish he would have stayed around so maybe he could have learned some things from Peyton. But it’s over with now, and we’ve got Peyton on our side, so I’m just looking forward to the season.”
It’s hard to believe that Thomas is actually all that concerned about whether or not Tebow would have learned something from Manning, but it certainly sounds more diplomatic than expressing happiness about his departure. Having said that, there’s not much use in Thomas trying to hide his excitement about the change at quarterback. Manning’s arrival should mean more chances for Thomas and that’s all any wide receiver could ask for.